"It was the first time I showed in Paris with a menswear collection, so it's been an experience of designing something that's a bit more masculine for a woman who knows what she wants--she's a bit stronger and more powerful," explained Yigal Azrouel, shortly after the runway finale.
Indeed, it was a collection marked by strength: angular tailoring on wearable suits, dresses and coats -- there was a collective breathless chorus of "I want everything" by the front-row after the show -- with injections of all-over Swarovski crystal embellishment and tiers of maribou on gowns and tops alike. The pieces de resistance, however, which one could practically feel women mentally noting their intention to buy, were the gentleman's overcoat and wide-leg trousers in colors called curry, salmon, tangerine, royal blue and Kelly green.
If anything, Azrouel has hit somewhat of a safe stride with this collection, which was largely pleasing if not mild. Nude-hued woolen jumpers and smart trousers paired with boyish dress shirts characterized the line, and judging from the front-row socialite set and young megastar Vanessa Hudgens, reaffirmed the designer's status as a golden boy at New York parties, and on the red carpet.